BAY COUNTY - County commissioners are also moving forward with a grant to create artificial reefs.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission awarded Bay County with a $60,000 grant last month.
County officials plan to build 48 artificial reefs made out of concrete and steel. They will put half of them three nautical miles from the county pier and the others the same distance off the city pier.
"Gas prices went up so high. It cost so much for people to go way off shore and this would allow them to do more inside the state waters and allow more people enjoyment of this beautiful area," said Mike Thomas, a Bay County commissioner.
County officials expect the artificial reefs to be ready in the next couple of months. They are supposed to last at least 50 years.